Posted by Rande Iaboni on June 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm
In the midst of a handful of superhero films releasing this summer, one different kind of blockbuster will be coming to theaters very soon – the Oliver Stone film ‘Savages.’ This film has been one of my most anticipated films of the year for many reasons. For starters, it has a grand slam cast – Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, and Salma Hayek. I mean everyone is bound to enjoy at least one member of that ensemble. But a solid cast does not always make a perfect film. Thankfully, this film actually LOOKS good. The first full-length trailer makes the film look edgy, sexy, and action-packed. Everything an Oliver Stone film should be.
So all the stars are aligned for a mega blockbuster hit right? Maybe not. Despite an all-star cast, legendary director, and a slick looking trailer, there is a still a big chance this film will flop. Why is that? For starters, Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch has not had a good year at all. He headlined two major blockbuster disasters this year – ‘John Carter’ and ‘Battleship’ were both critical and box office flops. Not just minor flops, these were astronomical money-losers. When you have two major movie bombs in a span of 10 weeks, it could mean the start of a bad pattern. Also, while Oliver Stone is undoubtedly a talented man, his latest attempts in directing haven’t been the most memorable. Since 2004 he has faced a number of critical and box office disappointments, including ‘Alexander,’ ‘World Trade Center,’ ‘W.’, and ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.’ Not all of these films were absolutely terrible, but they were nothing to write home about.
Hopefully I am way over-thinking this and ‘Savages’ will be everything I hope it will be and more. Obviously this is contingent on the film actually being good because word-of-mouth definitely helps in the box office department, so we will have to wait for early reviews to trickle in. But like I said, the film LOOKS good, and often times that’s more important to audiences.
What do you think Banters? Are Taylor Kitsch and Oliver Stone making you skeptical about this film? And will you be checking ‘Savages’ out opening weekend on July 6th?